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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

agm Re:Why so much fuss? (155 comments)

No company should be prevented from selling their products directly to the public. Land of the free indeed.

4 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

agm Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

You're correct, but the problem you mention is nothing to do with capitalism. If you're suugesting that socialism is a solution to that then you're advocating that the state actively harms people to help those in need.

The only ethical way to help people in need is via compassion and charity. Since government enforced wealth redistribution is compulsoy, it cannot be compassionate not charitable. Those traits are voluntary. It's not the political system via the government that should address the issue of people in need, it's the social system via communities and *voluntary* action that should.

4 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

agm Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

On that we disagree. People should be protected from the initiation of force. The state shouldn't be in the business of actively harming people.

4 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

agm Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

Ethically capitalism is way ahead. Nobody should be in enforced slavery. The state shouldn't actively harm us, they should be procting us from people who want to harm us. Socialism (of the kind in the US, Europe and almost everywhere else) sees the state actively harming people under the guise of "helping" them. That's ethically and morally wrong.

There is no slavery in a proper capitalist system (that is, a system where people are free) - at least not slavery of the kind we're talking about. People will always be slaves to nature and the needs of their bodies - no system can change that.

4 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

agm Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

It's the goal of socialism. When you work for money and the state then confiscates a portion of that money for their own uses,that's effective slavery. You are working for them without choice. Socialism makes EVERYONE who works a slave to the state.

Capitalism is about freedom of choice and freedom of trade. If anything, people are slaves to nature - we must feed and clothe ourselves. That's nothing to do with capitalism though.

5 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

agm Re: No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (917 comments)

And many atheists do not.

The term "atheism" means "without theism". I.e. without a belief in a god. It's about a lack of belief, not a belief of lack.

about two weeks ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

agm Re:And yet... (121 comments)

When the earthquake that destroyed Christchurch struck

Destroyed? Hardly.

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

agm Re:Welcome to America! (462 comments)

The entire government is running a money extortion program, in particular the IRS. Taxation is extortion (forcibly confiscating someone's private property using a threat of force if they don't comply). The sooner the scam is stopped and liberty restored the better.

about two weeks ago
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

agm Re:Fair Use (102 comments)

It doesn't to me. If I sell a book to someone and a part of that sale is a contract that explicitely prohibits digitisation, then they should not be able to digitise. The law should not be able to trump private contracts.

about two weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

agm Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

They're not specifically doing anything to attract either gender to contribute. Everything they do is gender neutral. This is a non issue.

about three weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

agm iDevices plus CNC machine (260 comments)

For us it's phones and iPods, laptops and an old P4 2.4GHz in the garage which drives the CNC machine (wifi is the easist way to get gcode files from the main PC to the garage PC).

about a month ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

agm Re:Not unheard of (442 comments)

What's sad about people making a lot of money? Just because one person makes lots of money doesn't mean anyone else should be sad as a result. Envious maybe. Perhaps even jealous. Unequality is not a bad thing - it's natural.

about a month and a half ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

agm Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

I can put anything on a CD I like. I can go into the bush and record 2 hours of bird noises. Nobody can tell me I am not allowed to make as many copies of such a CD as I like.

about 2 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

agm Re:Good luck with that. (317 comments)

The AARC is making the assumption that the only CDs that can be put into the car's stereo system are CDs with content they own the copyright of. That's patently not true. People can put in CDs that have their own music (that is, music they themselves have created). Because of this I don't think the AARC have a leg to stand on. CM and Ford wouldn't be infringing copyright laws - end users would be.

about 2 months ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

agm Re:Another Option (152 comments)

Life is streamed in the form of a continual inflow of photons to receptors on our retina. From that point of view everything we see is streamed. What a crappy poll indeed.

about 2 months ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

agm Re:Another Option (152 comments)

Or digital television streamed via a satellite dish. Surely that's "streamed media"?

about 2 months ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

agm Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (153 comments)

It's their right to do this though. It's their content, paid for by them and produced by them. They should be able to put any restrictions they like on where they can sell it. I do not believe though that they should be allowed to prevent people from using their own personal equipment to copy bits to other equipment. Copyright shouldn't exist.

about 2 months ago
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

agm Re:Funny (89 comments)

Of course, because one of the conditions of entry is that such dangerous things are not done. That's called property rights and is a core part of freedom.

about 3 months ago
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

agm Re:Funny (89 comments)

You cannot have freedom if the means to acquire it to remove some freedoms. That makes no sense.

about 3 months ago

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